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Forum rules and etiquette

These rules and etiquette are based on the phpBB community rules.

We expect everyone registering for BAHS forums to respect the following:

  1. Please use an appropriate, descriptive subject when posting a new topic. Examples of bad subjects include; ‘Information wanted’, ‘Help!’, etc.; a good subject might be ‘References to 18th-century parsnips sought’.
  2. Please post in a way that is respectful of other members. Abuse will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning. Any material which constitutes defamation, harassment, or discrimination is similarly prohibited. Use common sense when posting.
  3. Please post only in English.
  4. Please respect the copyright of other members, sites, media, etc. Providing or asking for information on how to obtain copyrighted materials illegally is forbidden.
  5. Please do not ask for the email addresses or phone numbers of other members: use the private messaging system instead (‘Contact…’ at the right-hand side of the post).
  6. Please respect the bandwidth of other members and sites. The use of inline ([IMG][/IMG]) image tags pointing to data stored on third party systems for which you have not received permission may be removed.
  7. Please avoid excessive numbers of emojis, large, small or coloured text, etc. Similarly please do not SHOUT or use excessive punctuation (e.g. ! and ?) in topic titles or posts.
  8. Please remember that this board is aimed at a general audience. Posting pornographic or generally offensive text, images, links, etc. will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning.
  9. Spam is not tolerated here under any circumstance. This includes anything not relevant to agricultural history and the history of rural economy and society.
  10. The moderators reserve the right to remove any post at any time, or to put the posts of any member into the moderation queue. Please note that currently your very first post is automatically placed in the moderation queue and will be approved/disapproved according to the present Rules. The determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, spam, etc. as noted in these points is up to the BAHS forum team and not members of the forum.
  11. The above forum rules also apply to private messaging. Abuse of the private messaging system may lead to warnings (as above) and/or the revocation of private messaging.
  12. If you notice something which contravenes the above policies, please bring it to our attention using the contact form. Please use the ‘post report’ feature to report posts. Do not respond to such topics yourself. Members who persistently act as moderators may be warned.

Signatures

In the user control panel you can define a signature to be placed at the bottom of each of your contributions.

  1. Signatures may contain up to five lines of normal sized text OR a single image that is no more than 60px high, 468px wide, 10KB in size and one line of small sized text. The font size of signatures should be normal or small only.
  2. Signatures containing an image of 30px in height may include up to two lines of normal sized text or three lines of small sized text. Images 15px or below in height may contain up to three lines of normal sized text or four lines of small sized text.
  3. Content in signatures should be consistent with normal writing and abide by the general forum etiquette.
  4. Links in signatures are permitted to a maximum of five links. Keep your links consistent with general forum etiquette.
  5. Remote signature images must have a consistently high availability to ensure page load times are not affected. Animated images are not permitted.
  6. Members abusing these rules will be warned or have their signature privileges revoked.

Avatars

In the user control panel you can define an image (‘avatar’) that will appear wherever your username appears.

  1. Avatars should be no larger than 120×120 pixels and should not exceed 20KB in size.
  2. Avatars must not contain animation.
  3. Remote avatars must have a consistently high availability to ensure page load times are not affected.
  4. Avatars are subject to the same conditions as posts with respect to the general forum etiquette.
  5. Members abusing these rules will be warned or have their avatar privileges revoked.